St John's Hospice in Lancaster started collecting trees in 2009. Over the past nine years they have collected an amazing 5,184 trees which has resulted in over £47,000 donated to the Hospice by supporters of the Christmas Tree Collection.
In January 2017, the 10th annual Christmas Tree Collection saw more than £15,640.00 received in online donations and 1,627 trees registered for collection with a few more being collected on the way!
The Christmas trees were collected by a large number of volunteers and supporters of the hospice. The trees were recycled and transformed into woodchip to be used to power drying boilers by wood fuel specialists Barden Biomass who have previously helped with the collection.
The hospice are extremely grateful to all the volunteers, local businesses and members of the community who supported the event making it a huge success and helping to raise much-needed funds for the hospice. It costs £10,000 a day to keep the hospice’s services running and funding for 70 percent of that has to be found from donations.
The final totals for the collection is a whopping £15,142.28 (including Gift Aid) for the hospice with £1,364.52 being donated to local charities including various local Scout Groups, Windermere Rugby Club, Parkinson’s & MNDA support groups out of the money raised thus also helping more local people in the community too. Donations are vital to smaller charities who are at the heart of community engagement - they are the bedrock of our society and can help is so many ways. For example the monies donated to Parkinson's will help towards exercise classes and Dance and Movement classes helping people with their mobility and well being.